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Yellow-shouldered Amazon  

Also Known As: Yellow-winged Amazon (Parrot), Yellow-shouldered Parrot

Yellow-shouldered Amazon Parrot perched on branch

Credit: © Sam Williams

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As juveniles the Yellow-shouldered Amazon may be kept in colonies, but must be separated into pairs once older due to their aggressiveness.

Species Profile


Size: Adult Weight:
33cm (12.8 in) 270g (9.4 oz)

Races including nominate:

Colourization Adult: Both adults: green body colour with fine black scalloping on feathers; white forehead, forecrown and lores; yellow hindcrown to area around eyes and upper cheeks; yellow thighs; bend of wing yellow; red wing speculum across feather bases of secondaries 1-4; green tail with orange/red hidden in feather bases. Bill horn coloured. Eye ring pale grey. Eye orange/red.

Colourization Juvenile: As in adult but usually duller in colour with less yellow on head; forehead white occasionally tinted with blue. Bill grey/white washed with dark grey. Eye brownish.

Call: Calls loud and raucous; less musical than other Amazons.

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Content Sources:

Article "Yellow-shouldered Amazon," by Susan Clubb, DVM


BirdLife International

Internet Bird Collection

ML Media Collection Catalogue 109267, Yellow-shouldered Amazon Amazona barbadensis, Eberhard, Jessica, Bonaire, Feb. 14 2001, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998.

Parrots: Status Survey and Conservation Plan 2000-2004, Snyder, McGowan, Gilardi and Grajal, 2000.

Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977.

Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.

Genus Amazona, Stoodley and Stoodley, 1990

Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.

Psittacine Aviculture, Schubot, Clubb and Clubb, 1992.